Leon Brachman, a former top exec at Columbia, United Artists, Paramount and especially 20th Century Fox, died in Los Angeles on November 29 from the effects of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. He was 85.
While at Fox from 1980 to 1990, he was executive vice president, acting as chief negotiator and administrator of the motion picture division, involved in all of the dealmaking decisions regarding writers, actors, directors, literary properties and acquisition of films.
He began his entertainment career as an attorney for United Artists in New York, moved to the legal department at Columbia in 1966 and was promoted to director of business affairs following his transfer to Los Angeles in 1976. In 1978, he went to United Artists as VP of business affairs before heading to 20th Century Fox in 1980 together with a new management team.
Following a management change in 1991, Brachman went to Paramount for a short stint as executive vice president before leaving to become a consultant to Gladden Productions, Morgan Creek Productions, the Completion Bond Company, Capella Films and Martin Bregman Productions until 2005.
Brachman was first in his family to graduate from college, attending the University of Oklahoma and later graduated from Brooklyn Law School. He served as an intelligence officer in the Army during the Korean War.
He is survived by a son, Mitchell; a daughter, Linda; a number of grandchildren; and a sister, Bea.
Services at Mount Sinai Memorial Park-Hollywood Hills will be held Dec. 3 at 12:30.
Donations may be made to the Motion Picture and Television Fund.